How to Easily Edit Text Files in Dropbox Online In a Browser

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TextDropApp-IconWhile the kind of software available to create documents and notes has grown significantly in terms of functionalities and diversity, the good old Notepad and the .txt file hasn’t lost its charm. Most of us still work with text files on a daily basis and the prudent ones among us ensure that they are backed up and synced via Dropbox for easy access on other computers if needed.

Now, if you urgently need to edit a particular text file, that you have in your Dropbox account, on a different computer which doesn’t have Dropbox installed then accessing it via the web based interface is your only alternative. The only problem here is that Dropbox doesn’t have a provision for online editing and you’ll need to download it first, edit it, save it and then upload it back, which is all ok if you have time at your hands. If that isn’t the case then this could seem to be a pretty long process.

Text Drop App is a simple web service that logs you on through your Dropbox profile and brings you access to your files and folders contained in it. The good thing is that if you have any text files stored there you will be able to open them on your browser, view them, edit them and save them back to your Dropbox without having to download one bit of them.

Using Text Drop App to Edit Dropbox Text Files Online

In order to access the interface you will need to visit its homepage first. Shown below is the interface – minimalist in appearance and features; just catering to basic needs. It might be a bit of an oversimplification though, because there’s nowhere an about page or anything that mentions what the tool is all about and what it does until you decide to click on log in.

TextDropApp-Interface

To use the interface you will need to Log in to TextDrop  using your Dropbox account. Before accessing your files and folders you will need to grant permission to the application.

Give-Permission

Note: Text Drop App claims that they do not see or store our password because they use Dropbox’s OAuth system. However, the data that we access are routed through their servers which are not encrypted. I recommend you don’t use it for very sensitive files/information.

On the interface you may create a new file or open an existing one. Hit the New button to create a new file. Once you see the cursor you may start writing.

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Create-New-File

When you are done you can save the file by clicking Save  button. You will have options to name the file and choose a destination folder.

Save-File-As

Once the file is saved you will also receive a desktop notification on all the computers that are in sync with Dropbox. Each time you edit the file it gets updated and shows a similar update notification.

File-Saved

Dropbox-Notification

When you hit the Open  button you will be shown all files and folders enclosed within Dropbox. However, you will be allowed to load files with .txt extension only.

Open-a-File

In addition, if you check the Autosave  button your file will keep saving, updating and remain in sync without your notice or manual effort.

Conclusion

If you are one amongst those who keep writing or taking notes of things using .txt files then you will love this service. Working on a computer and taking data to the cloud was one thing. Having the ability to edit the same data online which was on your desktop, and that too with minimal effort and no data loss worries is something that makes this app a valuable addition to the already long list of Dropbox features.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/vaff.angool Vaff Angool

    It’s a nice idea, but it doesn’t save you any time at all. The browser-based version of Dropbox supports drag-and-drop just like a local folder or desktop:

    Drag your text file from your Dropbox browser window to any exposed part of your desktop;
    Double-click to open the downloaded text file;
    Edit text;
    Save file;
    Drag file from desktop back into Dropbox folder.

    Done. The browser-based Drobox function is so good, I don’t understand why anyone even uses the Dropbox desktop application–I just wish the browser version supported larger file sizes.

  • Krispy

    Help! I want to simply edit my file in Dropbox.or! How do I get it to convert to a file that I can edit on an IPad 2?

  • EP

    Wow, access to ALL of your Dropbox AND working over an unencrypted connection? That seems pretty dodgy to me. That’s probably why the site is now offline. That’s why I take this kind of “hey wow look new stuff eventhough it is completely unsafe but you’ll love it anyway!” articles with a grain of salt.